Allotment

Allotment – 8th and 9th July 2015

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The best bit about being on leave is that I can go to the allotment during the day pretty much as often as I like.  The other good thing is that going frequently means I get a chance to actually get the whole plot under control.  So having tackled the right hand side (looking from my shed) of the plot I was also able to have a clear out, re-organise and plant of the left hand side.
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Lots of the garden centers have their vegetable plants on offer at the moment – I guess because it’s getting late in the season, but with how the weather has been I think we’re in for a funny year anyway, so I’ve been merrily planting some extra bits and pieces in the hope I’ll be lucky!
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My recent additions included some beef tomatoes (because I didn’t have enough already…), a couple more chilli plants, cauliflower, green cabbage, red cabbage, purple basil, pineapple sage and leeks.
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I’ve stripped one of the planters out and that has now been sown with some salads – hopefully we’ll get some later summer lettuce and radishes.
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The best addition though has to be the rather smart anti-butterfly cage my other half managed to make using scrap from behind the shed.
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We are now the proud owners of every thunderbug on the allotment, but hopefully it’ll be enough to stop the cabbages being eaten!
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Allotment – 7th July

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I’ve been down here a bit over the last few weeks, but only to pull a few weeds and dig over. Finally though I have had a chance to spend some real time at my plot and get some plants from home planted out.

I’ve been growing loads of chilli plants and having completely taken over all available space at home I decided to take the plunge and get them planted out.

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I’ve also been given some tomato planted by my parents – my Grandpa got a bit over excited when sowing the seeds a few months back so there are tonnes. Guess I’m going to be making lots of chutney and ketchup!

There’s some celery and corn mixed in the rows too and I plan to fill the gaps with some quick turn around crops – lettuce, radishes, spring onions etc.

At least half of it now looks presentable! Just the other half to retame now!

Allotment – 4th May 2015

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I am officially an incredibly lucky girl.  I say this because my rather lovely BF broke up and then reconstructed a pile of pallets my Mum and Dad had been saving for me into a wonderful composter for my allotment.  It took most of the afternoon, and quite a bit of swearing and sweating but he managed to get it done and I am a very happy lady.

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You’ll see that our site monitor kept a close eye on proceedings to make sure he did it properly. She likes to make sure that she knows exactly what’s going on.
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I also really enjoy having company while I’m at the allotment.  It’s a lovely place to go and I really love it there, but sometimes it’s a bit lonely and if you’re having a bad weed day it can all be a little soul destroying.  At least I now have somewhere smart to put all those weeds!

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It ended up being really late by the time he finished, and the midges were out in full biting force. Definitely worth it though! 🙂

Saturday 4th April 2015 – Allotment

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It was really quiet down the allotment this morning, in fact there was only me and one other chap there.

Bug was thoroughly enjoying being outdoors but in the end decided to become official shed watcher when what little sunshine we had disappeared.
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The day before I had been to Simpson’s Nursery near Newmarket with my parents and Grandpa and having looked at all the plants there (but wisely had left my purse at home!) I decided to go and buy some peas and strawberry plants on the way down.

I did some digging over and a lot of weeding and then popped my strawberry plants in near my currant bushes.  I’ve put cloches on them to provide a little bit of protection – it’s still chilly at night and I don’t want them to die.  It’s probably a little early for them to be out at all but I’m pretty impatient.
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Peas have gone in to the fruit cage, and then I’ve taken my chances with 2 more tepees without mouse/bird protection. Fingers crossed they’ll be ok.  I’m hoping the ones in the raised planter will be a little bit sheltered by the tulips and daffodils for the time being.
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That’s all for Easter Saturday – Have a lovely day 🙂

A xx

Allotment 31st March 2015

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Mental weather here at the moment!  Went to the allotment today but was only able to stay for a little while before the weather just became too much.  This is the back end of my allotment and there used to be a 6′ high wooden fence here, it’s a little bit flatter now!  There is also now officially no felt left on the old shed i inherited.  Definitely a job that is going to require doing this summer.
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Happily though I have a rather handsome row of French Breakfast Radishes coming through.  This made me a happy bunny.  The other radishes in rows on either side are emerging too but these are definitely the current leaders.  I planted the seeds on 7th March so I’m pretty pleased considering the weather then took a turn for the cooler and is only just warming up again.

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Unfortunately our strimmer broke today.  Strimming is the job my other half does at the allotment so it left him at a little bit of a loose end. However he dismantled it and has located the problem, now to track down a new part.  On the plus side the engine still works and he was carrying it round “vroom vroom”ing at me.  At least it made us smile through the rain!

Will try again on Friday – hopefully it’ll be a little less windy and a bit more productive!

Happy allotmenting. xx

Allotment – Sunday 22nd March 2015

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I nearly didn’t go to the allotment this afternoon because the day had been so grey and a bit miserable, but I am so glad I did. Within 10 minutes of being there the sun came out, the coat came off and the dog was sprawled out in a warm spot.
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It’s a bit of a funny time of year at the moment because there isn’t much to do apart from dig.  I put some radish in 2 weeks ago and the Cherry Belle’s have just started to poke their heads above the surface, and the garlic I planted around the peas have charged off, but apart from that the only other things growing on the plot are the onions and garlic I planted last autumn.
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My tulips have at last come up though, although we have no flower stems yet, hopefully next weekend.

So, I did some digging.  Quite a bit of digging actually.  I’ve managed to turn a bit more over and get rid of a few more weeds. I wrapped some string around my sweet pea canes so that they have something to climb up.  I’m trying cordoning for the first time this year and once they’re a bit better established I’ll do a post about that too.

The red and black currant bushes which I was growing in pots last summer are now in the ground, although the loganberry and blackberry canes were more than dead.  I moved some of my rhubarb too because they were in the way of my other half’s plans for the area around the shed.
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Managed to get quite a lot done when it’s written down like that!

Hope you all managed to enjoy some of the sunshine too.

Happy Sunday,

A x

Back to the beginnning

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One thing I really regret about when I got my plot was that I didn’t take a picture of it.

I don’t know why I didn’t, but I didn’t.  Instead I meekly emailed the lady who oversees the allotments in the area saying I’d take it and asking when I could start.

I wish I had taken pictures because it was a jungle – and everyone enjoys before and after pictures, especially when they’ve involved a lot of hard work.  I do have a few pictures from shortly after though and I thought I would share them with you.
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This was my first month of having the plot.  It had been vacant for 12 months prior to me taking it on and the weeds were around waist height.  I understand this is relatively short compared to what other people have taken on but a pain in the backside none the less!

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This picture was taken in late May and I’d managed to clear a bit more and find the rhubarb plant! I’d never liked rhubarb until my other half made crumble using stems from that plant, now I can’t get enough of it.

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The picture above and the one below were taken last June and things were starting to grow. The mound next to the shed was a pile of top soil and rubbish, including 3 sheets corregated tin and so much green fruit netting! I’d also managed to get almost all of the plot back under control.

imageSo that was the start of my plot.  I would love to see what other peoples allotments looked like when they got them.

Happy growing!

A x